Authorities ID driver who died in fiery crash that left car lodged in Haverhill storefront

HAVERHILL, Mass — Authorities have identified the driver who died in a fiery crash that left a car lodged in a Haverhill storefront early Monday morning.

A man driving a Honda sedan smashed into the front of KC Carpets in Lafayette Square just after 2 a.m., according to the Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker and Haverhill Police Chief Robert Pistone

The driver, 23-year-old Haverhill native Kevin Casado, had to be removed from the backseat and was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital, where he later died, the DA’s office said.

Witnesses tell Boston 25 News they saw the car speeding down Winter Street before it crashed into the store and caught fire.

“The guy came down 100 miles an hour and just ran right into the building,” Ben Milette said.

The front driver’s side of the vehicle was all caved in.

“I called 911, I ran outside, I grabbed the fire extinguisher,” said Vipul Chopr, who works at the convenience store across the street. “I saw the fire, started putting out the fire and by the time I finished, the cops came in.

The crash is being investigated by Haverhill Police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstructions Section.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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